Tim Broud, Ability Center Community Living Coordinator, shares below about his experience with the Rotary and the impact his recent bike ride had on those in need. Tim rode 325 miles over a five day period during a recent Rotary fundraiser.
Each year, Rotarians and friends of Rotary gather to ride bicycles for Medical Equipment and Supplies Abroad (M.E.S.A.) in Rotary District 6600. M.E.S.A.’s mission is to ship medical equipment and supplies to areas of need around the world. The funds raised from this bike tour are used for the operation of our warehouse at 1370 North Main St. Fostoria, Ohio and for the shipping of donated equipment. M.E.S.A. bikers solicit funds from friends and relatives to make this possible. Our goal this year is $55,000. This amount represents over half of the M.E.S.A. operating budget.
I was asked to ride my first tour by a friend, a Rotarian, to go with her and raise money for a Rotary project. I was not sure I could ride a bike after having the surgery that left me with a new disability, yet I gathered some courage and got on a bike; I thought I was not going to make it. It was during that ride that I learned what the project did for people in places that did not have what we here in the states consider “basic medical equipment and supplies.” As I learned more about how the equipment and supplies are acquired, then shipped to places around the world that are less fortunate then we are here, the ride became more then “just something to do,” it became a cause that I am very proud to be a part of and support. Until this ride, I never gave a thought to how people in other places get medical treatment. I just went to the doctor and they had the supplies they needed to treat me. I took this part of life for granted, but not anymore. I ride to help people and communities that I might never know or visit simply because I can! I believe by being a part of the Rotary M.E.S.A Bike Tour I can change the life of someone in the world.
The biggest bonus to the ride is the other riders. These people have become more than just friends. For one week a year, this group becomes family, a dysfunctional family at times, but family. We have fun, we laugh, and we disagree but we are always there for each other. We ride in the heat, rain, and wind to help people so far away. The group makes me believe that if we come together we can change the world for the better.
Here is a link to donate to the cause.